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Post Office Closures (Bristol)

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

I, too, wish you a happy recess, Mr. Deputy Speaker.

This petition is specifically about post offices in the city of Bristol. Post Office Ltd recently announced the closure, or consultation on the closure, of 12 post offices in the city of Bristol, four of which are in my constituency. They follow many other closures in recent years. In the Bristol, West constituency, it is proposed to close the Alma Vale Road post office in Clifton, the Derby Road post office in St. Andrews, the Redcliffe Hill post office in Redcliffe and the Wellington, West post office in Henleaze. There are petitions about all four closures, but the one that I am presenting is specifically about the Derby Road post office. At the point when it was given to me on Sunday, it had been signed by 1,209 people.

The petition states:

The Petition of those concerned about the proposed closure of Derby Road Post Office,

Declares the importance of this Post Office to the local community.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to instruct Post Office Ltd to keep Derby Road Post Office open.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.,